US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley had resigned. According to the report, President Donald Trump accepted her resignation last week.
In a White House press statement, Trump said that Hely had approached him six months ago and asked him to quit.
“She did an extraordinary job,” Trump said of Hailey. “Together we solved a lot of problems.”
The president added that he hoped Hely would return to work in the US administration in a different role.
At a meeting in the White House, Nikki Haley denied that she intended to run for president in 1920, saying she would participate in Trump’s campaign.
“It’s important to understand when it’s time to step aside,” Nikki Hailey said of her resignation. It is still unclear why she decided to leave the job.
The initial report of her surprising resignation was published by the Axios news website. US officials told the website that Hailey met Trump last week at the White House and talked to him about her resignation.
The decision to leave the job surprised senior US administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeu and John Bolton.
Haley was appointed an ambassador in November 2016, and her appointment was approved in January 2017, four days after Trump was sworn in as president in January.
Haley was once the governor of South Carolina and came to the post with no experience in foreign policy.
Soon she became a prominent voice in the Trump administration and promoted the United Nations’ foreign policy – against Iran and in favor of cutting US aid to the organization.
In an interview with Reuters this year, 46-year-old Nikki Haley said she feels “armor-clad” every day and goes to the UN to protect US interests.
In her role at the UN, Haley was a great supporter of Israel. The Ambassador was part of President Trump’s harsh criticism of UN institutions, and the decisions taken by the organization against Israel.
The UN institution that received the most critical criticism from Haley and Trump was the Human Rights Council, from which the US withdrew this year. “The body is painted, the Human Rights Council is not worthy of its name,” Haley said.
In responding to an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times Nikki Haley wrote: “I don’t agree with the president on everything. When there is disagreement, there is a right way and a wrong way to address it. I pick up the phone and call him or meet with him in person.”
“Like my colleagues in the Cabinet and on the National Security Council, I have very open access to the president. He does not shut out his advisers, and he does not demand that everyone agree with him. I can talk to him most any time, and I frequently do.”
“If I disagree with something and believe it is important enough to raise with the president, I do it. And he listens.”